Winter is in full swing, bringing with it icy mornings and cold weather. You may be ready, but is your car? Take a look at this list of recommended steps for good winter service. Even though winter has already started, going through this checklist can mean better, safer and more efficient driving during the next few months.
One of the best things you can do for your car to ensure that it’s all set for winter is to make sure all of the standard things are in order. Have your mechanic look over your engine, your fluids and your brakes. This way you’ll feel confident that you won’t be seeing any unwanted “check engine” lights in the middle of a snow storm.
Tires are a very important part of safe and efficient driving in the winter. If your tires have worn out tread and need replaced, now is the time to do so. New tread will give you the best traction on icy roads in the early morning.
If there’s something wrong with your car’s heating system, you’ve probably noticed by now. However, you’ll want to make sure that your heat is functioning properly not only for the sake of your comfort, but also for visibility. Defrosters are important tools to have on frosty days.
An old car battery has a much more promising shelf life in the warm seasons than in the winter. Cold weather can cause an old battery to retire early and for this reason it’s a good idea to check the status of your vehicle’s battery early on. If it looks like it will need replaced soon, doing it now could save you from some greater inconvenience down the road.